Dining at Joel

Last night I dined at Joel on their three-course dinner consisting of salmon tartar in parsley sauce, trout with polenta gnocchi, and apple tart. My favorite part was the trout, which was served with peas and pea-shaped carrots and a light cream sauce. The salmon was also exceptional, yet the desserts were average at best. I was with three other people, and strangely enough all our entrees arrived with copious amounts of shaved truffles, an expensive mushroom-like tasting pleasure. You would think they would highlight truffles on the menu, yet none of the descriptions mentioned truffles. Although I enjoyed my truffles, one friend did not appreciate the addition.

The service was pleasant but very slow. Our meal took almost three hours, and we waited a long time between courses and even to order our first bottle of wine. Yet our server was kind and particularly knowledgeable of the menu and gave detailed explanations of items in question. If I were to recommend this restaurant to you, I would say try several items on the menu and share with the entire table. The appetizers and entrees are first-rate, but skip dessert.

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